Duration : 4 days
Starting from : Bangkok
Ending at : Golfing
Duration : First time travelers, Luxury
Three day immersion in Thai culture with visits at Bangkok’s top attractions, a home-stay and Thai cooking class, and a relaxing day at sights around Hua Hin beach.
Day 1 : Bangkok
Jim Thompson's House and Museum
Jim Thompson's House and Museum is a small but fine museum, being the former home of the man who saved the Thai silk industry from collapse. It is constructed from six different traditional teak houses; the walls were reassembled from the outside in.
The museum shows Jim Thompson's beautiful collection of art and artifacts from Thailand and Southeast Asia.
The outstanding Grand Palace is an architectural marvel and the gem of Bangkok's impressive collection of temples and palaces. However, the four main buildings are incorporated in the grounds of the glittering Wat Phra Keo. This is the must to visit the experience of its diverse styles that no one should miss.
The entrance fee is THB 250 which includes the allowance entrance to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. The opening hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.
It is situated at Na Phralan Road, Bangkok 10200 Thailand. For more details, you can contact at Tel: +66 2 222 0094 / +66 2 222 6889 / +66 2 222 2208 or visit the website at www.palaces.thai.net or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wat Pho also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon situated just behind the extravagance of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Most western tourists never miss to visit the temple's huge reclining Buddha and other attractions of the temple.
The most attractive point other than the Buddha's face are the soles of the Buddha's feet, 45 meters (150 feet) away from the head, which have been inlaid with mother-of-pearl to display the 108 auspicious signs which distinguish a true Buddha.
Moreover, Wat Pho is also Thailand's oldest learning center and a respected Thai massage school that operates teaching techniques to the eager and providing massages to the weary.
The entrance fee is worth only THB20. However, the contact details are: 2 Sanamchai Road, Bangkok 10200 Thailand. Tel: +66 2 222 5910, +66 2 226 2942, +66 2 226 1743, +66 2 225 9595
Wat Arun gets its name from Aruna, the Indian god of the dawn, hence its common name The Temple of Dawn.
The location of the temple is in the area that used to be occupied by the palace of King Taksin who re-established the Siamese Kingdom after the fall of Ayuttaya more than two hundred years ago. The main Buddha image is believed to have been designed by King Rama II.
Wat Arun, often called The Temple of Dawn, is one of the most remarkable visual identities of Bangkok. The imposing Khmer-style prang or tower is 104 metres tall and decorated with bits of porcelain that was used as ballast by boats coming from China. It is surrounded by four smaller prangs. Construction of the prangs were started by King Rama II and completed by King Rama II.
Day 2 : Bangkok - Samut Songkram
Baipai Thai Cooking School
Baipai Thai Cooking School is an ideal home-style learning environment that is different from most of the hotels and restaurants in Thailand. If you think to take a class on the last day of your stay, this is the most perfect place to eventually wrap up your journey to Thailand.
Homestay at Amphawa
Day 3 : Samut Songkram - Hua Hin
Pran Buri is situated around 30 kilometers south of Hua Hin. There are several beach resorts in peaceful atmosphere. The Pran Buri Forest Park occupies a large area with 1 kilometer pine-fringed beach and mangrove nature trails.
Klai Kangwon Palace
Klai Kangwon Palace in Thai literally means far from worries. This summer palace consisting of 3 Spanish style mansions facing the sea was constructed to the north of Hua Hin under the royal command of King Rama Vll. This is now the permanent residence of the King.
It is open to the public daily from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Call (032) 511115 for more information.
Hua Hin Night Market
The Hua Hin Nigh Market opens daily from around 6pm till late and offers all manner of hawker food (where endless choices of food can be enjoyed until dawn), some clothing, and a few tourist items such as wooden elephants, trinkets etc. This market is a little touristy and therefore prices are a bit higher than other local markets.
Day 4 : Hua Hin
Hua Hin Market Village is the towns' first large scale shopping and entertainment complex. It was opened in February 2006 and since then it has grown in popularity amongst residents and visitors.
The three major outlets in Market Village are Tesco Lotus, Home Pro and Major Cineplex consisting of a food court, a number of restaurants, a bowling alley and plenty of small shops with popular clothing brands such as Levi, Lee, Lacoste, Bata, Body Glove and more.
Golf is one of the most popular sports in Thailand. The game arrived in the county a century ago and was quickly taken up by the elite and the fashion. Among the first sponsors of the game were the armed forces and government institutions, which built and continue to own some of the finest courses in the county.
There are over 200 high standard golf courses nation wide, many of them are the championship standards. The world's top designers have made a significant contribution. Jack Nicklaus, Roboert Trent Jones Jr, Pete De Gar Player and many others have perfected modern layouts, using the best grasses and latest techniques.
The best time to plan a golfing trip is the cool season, from November to March. From April to October, is hot and wet, but even in the rainy months the downfall usually comes in the afternoon, and for only a few minutes. Most courses have good drainage systems, and the rains should not interrupt your game for long. At some facilities you may need to book ahead, through your club or your hotel, and advance booking is recommended for weekends. Greens fees continue to be very reasonable, as are the fees for caddies.